Castel Gandolfo

Enchanting for the simple elegance of the historical centre, for the blue waters reflecting the town and it is worldwide famous as the Pope's summer residence

Castel-GandolfoIn a splendid position overlooking Lake Albano, Castle Gandolfo is situated on the brink of a volcanic crater. The town is known for the beauty of the surrounding nature and its elegant historical centre encircled by the wall. It has been elected one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Above all, the small town is famous for the Papal Palace where Popes have spent their summers since the 17th century. After all, Castel Gandolfo and neighbouring towns were favourite places to build summer residences as far back as ancient Roman times, initially by patrician families and emperors and later by important clergy and noble Romans. Evidence of ancient Roman times are the remains of the Villa di Domiziano (Domitian's Villa) to which the Ninfeo Bergantino belongs.
The villas and other residences surviving today such as the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova were mostly built as of the 17th century when Castel Gandolfo became property of the Holy See. Its history is very ancient as its origins go back to the town of Alba Longa.

Cenni Storici

History background

Each town completes the general background of the Castelli Romani with its own chapter of history

Da vedere Castel Gandolfo

What to see

Ample monuments, palaces, villas and churches set in a unique natural landscape

Feste e sagre

Celebrations and festivals

Charm, folklore, conviviality is what make these moments of ancient tradition unique



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The Castelli Romani offer a great range of accommodation choices to suite your needs: hotels, B&Bs, agritourisms...and much more...



Michelin-starred restaurants, typical trattoria, traditional taverns, and much more... you will be spoiled for choice eating out in the Castelli Romani

Prodotti tipici

Typical products

Flavours and aromas; genuine and authentic products are the ingredients of our unique culinary art